Montana LINCS Update


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Montana Information

1.    Montana Educational Quality (EQ) 2013 Resources - More Posted

Click here to access Montana Educational Quality 2013 Resources.

Resources updated with additions in Corrections, ESOL, HiSET, Reading, and Transitions!


Faces of Montana ABLE EQ 2013

Click here to see some familiar faces at EQ 2013!



               Attention Directors!  Please contact Annette Miller to set up admin accounts for MCIS.


Technology Follow-up

Stay tuned for more information regarding the technology follow-up with Tim Ponder.  Hey, check out the new issue 37 of The Change Agent:  Technology.  This could be a great technology follow-up in the classroom.  If you subscribe, your students can have access to audio-based, reading-level designed articles.  Look at #9 below.

2.    MAACE at MEA:  Dr. Susan Pimentel on October 17

Click here  for more information about MAACE at MEA.


Dr. Susan Pimentel is the reading/literacy expert for the Adult Ed Common Core Standards. This interactive session is targeted to examine the major shifts in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and how they could be valuable for preparing adult students for college and careers. Susan will lead you through evidence based activities to help you create a framework in which you participate in a self-guided, standards-setting process.   

3.    Montana Distance Learning:  Applications Due October 1

Just a reminder!  Distance Learning applications are due October 1.

4.    Montana Career Resources Newsletter

Click here to access the newsletter which provides information about training opportunities for MCIS.

5.    HiSET Blast:  Keep Current!

Have you received the recent communication from HiSET?  If not, click here to register for updates.


Click here to access HiSET Resources.


Here are some important items to note:


Comprehensive in Scope

Candidates will be tested in five core areas:

·        Language Arts–Reading

·        Language Arts–Writing

·        Mathematics

·        Science

·        Social Studies

Test content will be aligned with current practice in all states, and test takers can use existing prep courses and materials to prepare for the HiSET exam. Candidates will be given scores in all core areas, as well as a total score.

Important Dates

November 1, 2013


·       Online HiSET store opens for ordering materials


·       Test-taker registration opens


January 2, 2014


·       HiSET testing begins


National Information

6.    Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Resources

Taken from LINCS Community: Notice

In celebration of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, the LINCS Community will host facilitated discussions about notable literacy resources from the LINCS Resource Collection Resource discussions will be hosted by the Subject Matter Experts of the following groups:

·        Career Pathways: Farther, Faster: Six Promising Programs Show How Career Pathway Bridges Help Basic Skills Students Earn Credentials that Matter and Courses to Employment: Partnering to Create Paths to Education and Careers

·        Science: Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Sciences

·        College and Career Readiness: College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education

·        Postsecondary Completion: Adult College Completion Tool Kit

·        Disabilities in Adult Education: Screening for Learning Disabilities in Adult Basic Education Students

Discussion threads will be created and announced on Monday, and we hope you will join these groups in discussing how you can utilize these free resources to improve literacy services for all adult learners! 

7.    College:  Is Starting College and Not Finishing Really That Bad?

Taken from LINCS Community: Evidence-based Professional Development

Interesting information – what do you think?

Click here to access the article, Is Starting College and Not Finishing Really That Bad?

The following is excerpted from the OVAE Connection Issue 168 from September 19, 2013. As you read the report, it mentions that dropping out of college is certainly not advised but going to college has a better return-on-investment than not attending college at all and better employment outcomes do correspond with some college education. This report also solidifies the importance of college and career readiness for our students. Your thoughts?

"At a time when the benefits of going to college are being questioned more than at any other in recent years The Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution recently published Is Starting College and Not Finishing Really That Bad? by Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney. This study examines employment and lifetime earnings outcomes for students who begin college but do not finish within the larger context of students with varying levels of education attainment—from less than high school to professional degrees.

There has been much discussion lately about students who begin college but do not finish—especially in relation to concerns about student debt and college costs. In general, Greenstone and Looney note, workers with more education are employed at higher rates and have higher earnings than workers with less education. They point to previous research that shows that the returns to two- and four-year college degrees are substantial.

But, despite the public concern about students who begin college do not attain their degrees, this study suggests that these students may still recap benefits. Using recent employment data, the authors establish that more education does correspond to better employment outcomes, even for those who report some college but no degree. The authors also focus on whether starting college but not completing a degree is financially beneficial for these students. They find that the lifetime earnings of such students are approximately $100,000 higher (present value) than those of their peers who pursue no education beyond high school. Using rate of return on investment as the measurement criterion, the authors’ analysis shows that “getting some college education is an investment with a return that exceeds the historical return on practically any conventional investment, including stocks, bonds, and real estate.” The authors, however, observe that the returns for students who achieve either an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree are the highest. Specifically, “the annual rates of return of investing in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree are two or three times higher than those from alternative investments, including stocks, bonds, gold, treasury bills, and the housing market.” Thus, it is clear that in the current situation more education is advantageous with regard to both being employed and to whether or not students attain their degrees.

This contextualized study is noteworthy primarily for the emphasis it places on the benefits of attending college but not completing a degree."

Priyanka Sharma 

8.  Science:  LINCS Online Course - Engaging Adult Learners in Science

Taken from LINCS Community: Science

LINCS is adding the opportunity for professional development for its members in the form of a series of optional online courses developed by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education’s Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) Resource Collection initiative. These online courses are self-paced, freely available, and accessible 24 hours a day through the LINCS Learning Portal. (Please note: Individuals will need to create a separate login and password to access the online courses housed in the LINCS Learning Portal.) The courses will enable users to work at their own pace, at a time that is most convenient to them.

Online Course: Engaging Adult Learners in Science

This course provides an overview of the relevance and importance of science in the adult basic education/adult secondary education (ABE/ASE) classroom and introduces the use of scientific practices in the ABE/ASE classroom. The course is self-paced and features three modules: (1) Understanding the Importance of Scientific Literacy for Adult Learners; (2) Exploring the Scientific Practices; and (3) Observing the Scientific Practices in the Classroom. The modules link to this discussion thread (Title: LINCS Online Course: Engaging Adult Learners in Science) within the LINCS Community Science group to provide opportunities for you to discuss how to apply the course information in your teaching with your colleagues from around the country.

9.  Technology:  The Change Agent

Click here to access information about The Change Agent.

Have you looked at The Change Agent?  This resource is published twice a year in March and September. The Change Agent provides cutting edge resources for teaching social issues, powerful student writing that inspires discussion, and many ready-to-use lesson plans – all oriented toward a multi-level audience.  The Change Agent is available online or in print. Subscribers who elect to include the online option will receive full access to all back issues as well as issue extras and growing collection of audio articles.

Just had to give you a snapshot!  Here is what Issue 37 has to offer.




You Are the Product!


7 Technology



Where Would I Be Without My Smart Phone?



I ♥ iPad


6 Mania



Telephone Technology



“You Made It; You Deal with It”



How “Green” Is the Internet?


6 by Internet



Real Feelings in Real Time?



Notes from an Internet Addict



Technology is My Lifeline


5 Connects & Disconnects


4 Technology Changing Your Brain?



Driving With High-Tech Tools


7 to Death



Finding Felix



It Hurt. I Was Furious.



Social Media



Digital Footprints



The Computer is My Family’s Tool



Using Technology for Education



The Flipped Classroom



Savvy Consumers: Beware of Free



Films that Start Conversations



Education on the Go at



Using Technology to Solve Problems



Dragon Naturally Speaking



How Times Have Changed



Technology in the Care of Others


11 and Technology



How Can You Use QR Codes?



Closing the Digital Divide



Using Technology to Make Music and Share a Message



Should We Regulate the Internet?



Tweeting for a Cause



Internet for All. Really?


10 World of Conflict in Your Phone



Digital Disconnect



Latest Technology



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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101